St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Dear parishioners and friends,

Christ is Risen!

You are all invited, this Saturday, April 30 at 1pm, to the Oratorical Festival for the Pacific NW District.
      Join us in the online presentation of the homilies of Magnolia Rush and Thomas Swehla, both from St. John the Baptist, Beaverton, Vasi Tussing from Holy Resurrection GOC, Salem and Noah Carandanis from Holy Trinity GOC, Portland.
      All the speakers will advance to the Metropolis Festival, at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California on Saturday May 14.
      We congratulate all of them on the time, effort and thought they have put into their speeches. Every year, those who hear our young participants speak are impressed and moved by their expression of faith.

See you this Saturday!

In Christ Risen,

Ann Davis
PNW District Chair
Holy Trinity GOC, Portland

Zoom Meeting information

Topic: Pacific NW District Oratorical Festival
Time: Apr 30, 2022 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 899 7446 1972
Passcode: 366551

History of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:

  • Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
  • Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
  • Senior Division for student in grades 10–12

The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.

All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. 


Images from 2019 Oratorical Festival